Le Normandie @ the Oriental Hotel Bangkok
The top of the Oriental Hotel’s garden wing houses the Le Normandie serving Southeast Asia's best haute cuisine in French accent. Overlooking the Maenam Chao Phraya with the stunning panorama river view, with its exceptional quality of food, attentive service, and reasonable price keep paging gourmet connoisseurs back for the restaurant’s 2-star Michelin chefs recent creation. Indeed its set lunch is a steal from the scene of the gastronomical community.
Today, a good friend form Hong Kong would like to see how Le Normandie compares to Pierre (Mandarin Oriental Hotel HK) and Gaddi’s (the Peninsula HK) the two celebrity eateries in the once British colony. I brought him to the lunch, simply he didn’t put his suit in the luggage (jacket and tie is the dress code for dinner, as any prominent French restaurants do).
The lunch kicked off with Amuse-bouche, delicious tidbits complimentary from the restaurant.
Before our main course being served, my friend ordered the Chateau Camensac, Grand Cru Classe, Haut Medoc 2004 (B1,000++ per glass) to accompany his beef dish.
The main course, I had Cassolette d’lerevlsses, while my friend took Hampe de Boeuf Braisee. They were sautéed prawn (substituted from the run-out crayfish), potato fondant and tarragon tomato petals; and braised beef flank served with cabbage and Jerusalem artichoke, sage sauce.
Our scrumptious lunch concluded with a cup of Cappuccino and Petits Fours de Normandie. We paid B1,050++ per person for the 3-course set lunch (including tea or coffee) in this famed French restaurant. So I said it was a steal!
If you wonder that I forgot to tell you how they taste, I didn’t. Simply ask your own participation at Le Normandie, and you will tell.
Le Normandie French Restaurant *****
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
48 Oriental Avenue
Charoenkrung Soi 40
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Open daily: Lunch 12:00 - 2:30pm, Dinner 7 - 10:30 pm
Pay (food only for two): lunch around THB 2,500, dinner expect THB 7,000